Mumbai: Over a dozen heritage structures
in the city, including iconic Asiatic Library, Old Customs
House, Old Secretariat and Elphinstone College would have
their original look back as Maharashtra Government is taking
special measures for their restoration.
"We are preserving 14 heritage properties in the city
which are in possession of the State Government. We have
alloted Rs 15 crore for the restoration work," Mumbai Guardian
Minister Jayant Patil has said.
The Government has so far started work on five
structures - the Customs building, the Secretariat, the
Library, the Institute of Science and front building of the
Sir J J Hospital, he said.
The work on Asiatic Library is nearing completion.
There is an urgent need to restore the 100-year-old structures
which were never revamped in the past, the Minister said.
Along with the heritage structures, the Government is
planning to restore the Mahim and Sion forts which are
historically important for the city and are of tourist
interest, he said.
"There is a library inside the Sion fort, which needs
to be maintained. In Mahim fort, about 350 families are
residing and they need to be resettled before the restoration
work start," Patil said.